CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 16 Cavalier women’s soccer team played its second consecutive draw, tying No. 15 West Virginia 1-1 Friday night before a crowd of 2,794 at Klöckner Stadium. Virginia moves to 3-1-2 on the season with the result, while the Mountaineers go to 2-1-3.
The teams played a scoreless first half with the Mountaineers getting the better of the shots, 6-2, before the break. In the second half, the Cavaliers came out strong, getting several chances before finally breaking through in the 65th minute. Maggie Kistner (St. Louis, Mo.) sent a cross to the far post, where Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.) sent a header over the keeper and inside the far post for her third goal of the season. The Mountaineers equalized in the 85th minute on a frantic flurry in front of goal. Meghan Lewis’ shot hit the far post and came to Bry McCarthy. McCarthy’s attempt also hit the post, but bounced right back to her, where she finished her chance to tie the game. Neither team could find the game-winner in the two overtime periods.
“I thought we wasted the first half,” said Swanson. “That was the worst 45 minutes we have played all season. We came out in the second half and got back to playing our game and it showed. But against a team as good as West Virginia, you have to play for all 90 minutes, or 110 minutes in this case. I thought those wasted 45 minutes in the first half hurt us and we were fortunate not to be down at the half.”
West Virginia outshot the Cavaliers 15-11 in the contest, the first team to outshoot Virginia this year. The Mountaineers also had an 8-4 corner kick advantage. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made a season-high six saves in net for Virginia, while Kerri Butler made three saves for West Virginia.
The Cavaliers conclude play in the 2009 Virginia Nike Soccer Classic on Sunday when they host Seton Hall at 2 p.m. The Pirates lost 1-0 in double overtime to Dartmouth in the first game of the tournament on Friday.
VIRGINIA 1, WEST VIRGINIA 1
#15 West Virginia (2-1-3) 0 1 0 0 1
#16 Virginia (3-1-2) 0 1 0 0 1
UVa. Sinead Farrelly 3 (Maggie Kistner 1) 65’
WVU. Bry McCarthy 2 (unassisted) 85’
Shots: UVa 11, WVU 15
Corners: UVa 4, WVU 8
Saves: UVa 6 (Jones 6), WVU 3 (Butler 3)
Fouls: UVa 7, WVU 11
Weather: 75 degrees, clear
Game Notes: Fourth largest crowd in school history for a women’s game played prior to a men’s soccer game … Maggie Kistner becomes the 14th different Cavalier to record a point this season … The Cavaliers had their sixth different starting lineup this season in as many games.